Welcome to Wonderful You Wednesday at My Life as a Trimommy. This is an ongoing series where I will have a post by myself or a guest that focuses on body image and self esteem. This week's guest blogger is Jamie Bull, one of my Trakkers teammates. I hope you enjoy his perspective!!
Let's be honest.
Triathletes are some of the best looking athletes out there, and I'm not the only one who let that play at least some small part of my decision in what sport to devote hour after endless hour of my free time.
Have you seen a football player in their 40's?
Have you seen a pro cyclist with his shirt off?
Have you seen the average body type of most pro golfers, well, ever?
My point is that if you want a fit body that even as you age, will probably still make you smile if you catch a view of yourself in your birthday suit in the mirror, than triathlon is a pretty good good choice to get there.
Hence one of my favorite movie quotes from American Beauty:
Jim Olmeyer: Are you just looking to lose weight, or do you want increased strength and flexibility as well?
Lester Burnham: I want to look good naked!
Sure, being fast is nice and age group medals are a nice ego boost, but being happy within my own skin is a much bigger reward for me. That is what keeps me coming back to compete in this sport. But it isn't at all about being self absorbed to the point of relentless narcissism. It is about building confidence in what my body is able to accomplish because of the way that it looks.
Despite how my quads, calfs, hamstrings and gluts feel after a +19 mile run or a +100 mile bike, I almost always find myself with a big goofy smile on my face as I come back through my front door. It is a fresh reminder of the huge distance that I was able to cover with nothing but my own two feet.
Since I started training for triathlons, it has done wonders for my self esteem. Not because of how it has made my body looks (either naked or clothed) but because of what I'm able to do with it. Sure, there are plenty of things I'd still love to change about my body, but so far there hasn't been any physical challenge that I've thrown at it that I haven't been able to overcome with the right training, so I couldn't care less about those little things.
24 hour ultra-marathon relay? Hot
4 half ironman triathlons? Beautiful
Training for my first iron-distance triathlon? Sexy
Basically what I'm saying is that the finish line makes me feel pretty. ;-)